AskDefine | Define exploring

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  1. The action of the verb explore.


  1. Present participle of to explore.

Extensive Definition

Exploration is the act of searching or traveling for the purpose of discovery, e.g. of unknown people, including space (space exploration), for oil, gas, coal, ores, caves, water (Mineral exploration or prospecting), or information.
Although exploration has existed as long as human beings, its peak is seen as being during the Age of Discovery when European navigators travelled around the world discovering new lands and cultures.

Other uses

The term may also be used metaphorically, for example persons may speak of exploring the internet, sexuality, etc.
In scientific research, exploration is one of three purposes of research (the other two being description and explanation). Exploration is the attempt to develop an initial, rough understanding of some phenomenon.

Notable explorers

Exploration by area

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exploring in Arabic: استكشاف
exploring in Breton: Ergerzhadeg
exploring in Danish: Opdagelsesrejse
exploring in German: Exploration
exploring in Spanish: Exploración
exploring in Esperanto: Esplorado
exploring in French: Exploration
exploring in Croatian: Popis istraživača
exploring in Italian: Esploratori
exploring in Hebrew: מגלה ארצות
exploring in Dutch: Ontdekkingsreizen
exploring in Japanese: 探検
exploring in Portuguese: Exploração
exploring in Albanian: Eksplorimi
exploring in Finnish: Tutkimusmatkailija
exploring in Swedish: Upptäcktsresa
exploring in Vietnamese: Thám hiểm
exploring in Yiddish: עקספלאראציע
exploring in Chinese: 探险家
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